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Blog is Currently on Hiatus

Hi, all! Over the past year, the training/writing/consulting business has ramped up nicely, and I just haven’t been posting blog content. So, I’ve archived the posts for now, and might revive this in the near future.

For examples of my work/writing, check out:

Should I get back to writing regularly, I’ll move this blog to the front page and you’ll be the first to know! 🙂

Open for Business!

Simple Joy, Jennifer Koerber, 2016

Simple Joy, Jennifer Koerber, 2016 – See note below

Today, with the newness of spring outside, I’m officially hanging out my shingle. As of May 2016, I am available for training, speaking, consulting, and writing/editing services in the central New England area or online. Please contact me via email at jennifer.koerber@gmail.com for more information or an estimate.

Here’s what I do:

My thanks to everyone who has helped make this day possible – former colleagues at the Boston Public Library, friends and supporters from grad school on, my family, and my husband Matthew, who has always been there for me.

I’m looking forward to working with you soon!

Note on the photo: I’m also participating in Somerville Open Studios with my husband Matt this weekend, April 30 – May 1. If you’re local this weekend, feel free to stop by and say hi! Information at the SOS website/my profile.

Relaunch, Reinvent, Reinvigorate

Welcome, gentlefolk, to the new online home of Jennifer Koerber – Librarian, Trainer, Consultant, Presenter. I believe that information and learning wake up the mind far more than the finest beans, and I hope to share that vision with you.

When I started blogging in 2007, I felt like an Eclectic Librarian: picking and choosing from all the fascinating possibilities that the library world had to offer. It was a boom time for big-picture library thinking, and I couldn’t decide which path felt more right beneath my feet. Social media, training, library design, public librarianship….I contemplated it all and shared my reactions to current trends and technologies via Notes from an Eclectic Library.

Over the next four years, I refined both my tastes and my output. I’ve transitioned from reference librarian in an urban branch to a web services librarian for one of the larger public libraries in the country. At conferences and for regional library systems, I’ve given dozens of presentations and workshops on social media, online outreach, user personas and online training for staff and the public. On the technical side, I’ve developed my skills for website construction and management, giving me the toolbox to support the training I provide.

Most importantly, I’ve realized my place in the world: an itinerant librarian, coasting from coffee shop to coworking facility to nonprofit agency, helping to bring “the library” out of the buildings and into everyday life. Training here, reference there, infoliteracy wherever I can. Demystifying what we do and empowering folks to fish for themselves – this has been a mainstay of my library work, and now I want to bring it out of our buildings and out into the world. Give me a little more time and I’ll get that scooter or Smart Car, logo blazing and wifi trailing in my wake.

So, welcome to the relaunching of my online self at betterthancoffee.info. Mugs are on the shelf and the pot’s about to boil.